Carlisle out as Pacers' coach

April 25, 2007 at 3:58 PM

INDIANAPOLIS, April 25 (UPI) -- Rick Carlisle was ousted Wednesday as the coach of the Indiana Pacers but will be given the opportunity to remain with the team in another position.

The Pacers just completed a 35-47 season, in which they failed to qualify for the NBA playoffs for the first time since the 1996-97 season.

Carlisle coached Indiana for four seasons, building a 181-147 record. The team's best season under Carlisle was his first when Indiana set a franchise record of 61-21 and advanced to the NBA Eastern Conference finals.

"Rick's contributions to this franchise, first as an assistant coach, then as a head coach, have been tremendous," Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird said Wednesday. "This is a mutual decision and we're happy that Rick will consider remaining with the franchise."

The team didn't announce what position Carlisle would be offered.

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